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BACHELOR OF MUSIC
Music Education
The Music Education curriculum prepares teachers of music for kindergarten through grade 12. Upon entering the program, students declare a primary instrument or voice. All students must pass basic piano proficiency and musicianship exams before the end of the sophomore year. Students must work closely with their advisor in planning for completion of this tightly structured and rigorous program.

Fourteen credits in Applied Music, including a 30- to 40-minute senior recital in the primary instrument or voice is required prior to student teaching. Participation in at least one performing ensemble appropriate to the student's program is required each semester of applied music study.

Music Performance
This major emphasizes performance ability and applied study of a major instrument or voice. It prepares students for careers in performance, independent teaching, or graduate study. Upon entering the program, students declare a primary instrument or voice. Each student must then take 32 credits of applied music in the primary instrument or voice. All students must pass a basic piano proficiency and musicianship exams before the end of the sophomore year. A 30- to 40-minute junior recital and a 60- to 70-minute senior recital are required on the primary instrument or voice. Participation in at least one performing ensemble appropriate to the student's program is required each semester of applied music study.


BACHELOR OF ARTS
Music
This program provides a broad foundation in music and is appropriate for students interested in pursuing a liberal arts degree with a major in music. All students must begin the music theory/aural skills sequence upon entry into the program and must pass basic piano proficiency and musicianship exams before the end of the sophomore year.

Specializations in: Composition and Music Technology
Like the BA Music program, this program provides a broad foundation in music and is appropriate for students interested in pursuing a liberal arts degree with a major in music. This program is popular among music students with specialized interest in composition or technology. Students consult with a music faculty advisor when choosing a specialization, but all students must begin the music theory/aural skills sequence upon entry into the program. All students must pass basic piano proficiency and musicianship exams before the end of the sophomore year


MUSIC MINOR
The 24-credit music minor, like the major, presupposes a high level of interest and aptitude in music. All students must pass an audition before admission to the program. Three semesters of applied music, at least two semesters of music theory, and four semesters of performing ensembles are at the core of this program of study.


INDIVIDUALIZED MAJORS
Combining the study of music with a focus on at least one other discipline has been a popular alternative for many students. Graduates have successfully melded specific aspects of music study with psychology, political science, theatre, management, art, history, and dance.